...and I still love this car. Only flaws so far-I'm still having to replace or turn rotors every 7,000 miles or so, and they squeak inbetween the whole time. Definitely a bummer given that the car is such a head- turner. Also, my EGR valve went shortly after the 3 year factory warranty was up, and extended warranty doesn't cover any vehicle emissions equipment. Cosmetically, the paint has held up great (but then I really baby it) except the door handles look faded and the chrome-like finish is peeling off some of the letters. I also started hearing a "sproing" like noise around 20,000 miles when I first start the car and put it in drive and dealer can't find source of problem.
Paint finish, "head-turning" factor, great acceleration, and the awesome stereo system.
Improved or larger rotors. Definitely should have had dual exhaust. Improve the turning ratio, and decrease space between top of tire and wheel well to give a more aggressive look. Biggest drawback to this car is the lousy resale value and poor service.
The 2001 Stratus 4Dr. SE Sedan (4cyl) is a fine car. Although it a little louder than I'd prefer It's still a nice vehicle. The interior is laid out good. The controls are easy to read and access. The front seats are comfortable. The 4 cylinder has decent power and acceleration.
Bought this car used in Jan 2004 when
my 94 Jimmy died. Had never driven one
before or heard much about them but I
got a great deal on it and figured w/
the inline 4cyl it would be good for my
70+ mile roundtrip daily commute. 9
months later, and I honestly love this
car! Still doesn't have nearly as much
power as my bf's WRX STi (what does?
LOL) but its a great car! I've put
over 20K miles on it in 9 months (has
80K on it now)and so far the only
things that have been replaced are the
tires and the RF wheel bearing. Very,
very reliable, looks great and very
uncomplicated. Love it!
Stereo totally rocks for being factory-
issue. Clean lines, not a lot
of 'fussy' stuff to worry about. Comfy
seats, decent fuel economy. Window
locks for rear windows...a great idea
when you have a 4yr old who likes to
throw stuff out the window! :)
Make a CD player standard! Would be
nice if they offered a manual
transmission...I hate driving
automatic. Can't turn off headlights
w/out keys being in the ignition and
being in the 'on' position. Just minor
the 01 stratus is fun to drive with
the optional auto stick. the top of
the powerband is very responsive.
handling is great on dry or wet
surfaces. interior design is awesome,
everthing is within arms length of the
driver. could have added heat to the
power leather seats for the cold
winters, but ya can't have everything!
would purchase another in a
heartbeat. only problem i have had
was a timing belt tensioner at 90XXX
cd changer, moon roof, suspension,
handling, dash design
heated leather seats, supercharged/